Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways in Every State
Here's what to do and where to go in every state over Labor Day weekend to celebrate the final days of summer.
Enjoy temperatures in the mid-80s in early September on Maui. Over Labor Day, the water is also at its warmest, and the summer travel crowds are beginning to dwindle. The Grand Wailea makes an upscale spot for a Hawaiian getaway. Travelers can enjoy a deluxe spa, a jungle-style river pool, rope swings, and eight restaurants in between biking down a volcano and enjoying these 19 other reasons Maui is the best Hawaiian island.
Love bargain hunting? Head to Wallace, listed on the National Historic Register, over Labor Day for the Under the Freeway Flea Market held August 31 to September 2. Hundreds of flea market peddlers showcase their wares to thousands of shoppers with booths set up under the raised I-90 interstate and along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes cycle path. Be sure to get a Huckleberry Shake at the Red Light Garage and book a stay at the Wallace Inn.
Take in Chicago's Jazz Festival August 29 to September 1 at the city's Millennium Park, and enjoy live performances from world-renowned jazz musicians. Kimpton Hotel Allegro is within walking distance to Millennium Park and is offering a Farewell to Summer package starting at $229 per night, which includes accommodations, two pints of Jeni's ice cream, and complimentary bikes to ride to the Jazz Festival. The hotel is also in the city's Theatre District if you also want to catch a show while in town.
Over Labor Day weekend, Indianapolis will host Harry Potter: Wizards Unite live-action game at White River State Park, which will be transformed into a real-life Harry Potter world. Hotel prices are lower than average at this time of year, as well, with options like the JW Marriott right at the park, the hip Le Meridien or the Crowne Plaza Historic Union Station where you can sleep an original Pullman train car, both within walking distance downtown.
Iowa: Madison County
Spend your Labor Day weekend discovering the romantic covered bridges of Madison County featured in the novel and film, The Bridges of Madison County. The five bridges were each constructed in the late 1800s with one even said to be haunted. Wander through charming Winterset with lunch at the Northside Cafe and a stop at the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum. You can even stay at the Covered Bridge Inn just off of Highway 92. Find out the most iconic novel set in your state.
Kansas: Kansas City
In Kansas City, you can eat your fill of Kansas City barbecue, attend the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, or catch a Kansas City Royals or T-Bones game over Labor Day Weekend. Bring the family and stay at Great Wolf Lodge with deals starting at $84 per night. Kids can have a ball at the indoor water park, play mini-golf, and go on a MagiQuest adventure.
Head to the Bluegrass of Lexington for a weekend filled with all things horses and bourbon. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park to see horse shows and demonstrations, or take a tour of the area's famous horse farms with their rolling green hills and white picket fences. Then, check out local bourbon distilleries like Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green is a great spot for shoppers close to Lexington Green, Fayette Mall, and The Summit at Fritz Farm and is an easy drive to downtown.
If you're looking for some seafood before summer comes to a close, head to Louisiana's Cajun Bayou about 45 minutes from New Orleans. A wonderful way to eat your way through the region is to explore the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, which is a network of restaurants and food-centric events. Lay your head overnight at the Carmel Inn in downtown Thibodaux, which is owned by local Cajuns who treat you like your part of the family. Not surprisingly Thibodaux is one of the most charming small towns in the United States.
Maine: Cape Neddick
Get active before summer ends at the Cliff House Hotel in Cape Neddick on the southern coast of Maine, near Ogunquit. Take your pick of hiking and biking, surfing and sailing, kayaking on the York Harbor and Ogunquit River, or fishing and lobstering trips around Bald Head Cliff. On Labor Day Sunday, join in a lobster and clam bake followed by a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. There's also a spa and 18-hole golf course for even more end-of-summer fun.
Maryland: Havre de Grace
For a relaxing end-of-summer escape with ideal temperatures, consider the quaint Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Stroll the Havre de Grace Farmer's Market on Saturday, catch a show at the Havre de Grace Opera House, and enjoy a meal at The Vineyard Bar. A short drive away, you can take a guided canoe tour at the Eden Mill Nature Center.